Royalty reached again by Wildcats

DAVIDSON, N.C. --- The mayor of this small quintessential Southern town was a teenager during what's referred to as "The Lefty Years" of the 1960s.


John Woods wasn't sure if he'd ever again see the level of excitement coach Lefty Driesell brought to his town, when Davidson went to two NCAA regional finals and was considered one of the top basketball programs in the country.

But there was Woods in the stands in nearby Raleigh on Sunday, watching sensational sophomore Stephen Curry lead the Wildcats to an improbable comeback win over mighty Georgetown, earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16.

Now riding the nation's longest-winning streak, at 24 games, and with perhaps the nation's best shooter in Curry, Davidson (28-6) is royalty again.

Davidson made a triumphant return to campus Sunday night, hours after Curry scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half and the 10th-seeded Wildcats overcame a 17-point deficit to stun second-seeded Georgetown 74-70. The team bus was greeted by a police escort at the edge of town.

The little liberal arts school of 1,700 students, which plays in the unheralded Southern Conference, had made the town proud again.

"People were beeping their horns as they passed," coach Bob McKillop said. "People were coming onto their front porch and waving Davidson flags that were once never part of the decor of their house."

To show just how unexpected this run is, McKillop had long ago scheduled himself to conduct a clinic this week in Germany.

McKillop now has other plans.